This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 788204.

1st ACT International Synergy Conference

Building Communities of Practice for gender equality in ERA. An interactive event for practitioners to #ACTonGender in HE & R&I

The ACT Consortium invites you to the project’s 1st International Synergy Conference, on 25th of February 2019, in Brussels. By attending you will learn about ACT and how it will develop Communities of Practice (CoPs) approach to help advance gender equality in ERA, and specifically for improving careers, decision making, and integrating gender dimension in research.

We value your experience and ideas, want to learn about the support needs of your networks, and any opportunities for creating sustained impact. For this reason, a large part of the event will involve participatory activities and an open discussion in addition to a general introduction about the ACT project and contributions from invited CoP experts. The event is geared towards getting to know existing and potential members of the ACT Communities of Practice across Europe. Please reserve the date in your calendar and invite members of your networks to this Conference.

Date and time: 25 February 2019, from 10:00 to 17:00 h

Venue: BEL

Avenue du Port 86C, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium (see map)

+32 2 420 60 69


9:30 – 10:00   Arrival & registration

10:00 – 10:10 Welcome by the Directorate General for Research and Innovation

                       Signe Ratso, Deputy Director-General of the DG Research & Innovation (RTD), European Commission

10:10 – 10:20 Welcome from the Coordinator

                       Jörg Müller, Senior Researcher, UOC, Spain

10:20 – 10:40 Brief introduction to the ACT project

                       María José Romano, ACT Project Manager, Spain

                       Key concepts, tools and activities of the ACT project 

10:40 – 11:00 Communities of Practice for advancing gender equality in ERA

                       Rachel Palmén, Senior Researcher, Notus, Spain

                       Benefits and challenges of using Communities of Practice for advancing gender equality in ERA 

11:00 – 12:00 Good Practice CoP Experiences: gender equality in R&I and HE

                      Anne-Charlott Callerstig, Researcher, Orebro University, Sweden
                      Anastasia Zabaniotou, Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
                      Karolina Kublickiene, Associated Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

12:00 – 12:30 Open Discussion

                      Moderated by Claartje Vinkenburg, Independent Consultant & Associate Professor at VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:00 Getting involved in ACT!

                      Sybille Reidl, Researcher, Joanneum Research, Austria

                      Presentation and first insights from the community mapping survey. Introduction to the participatory session.

14:00 – 14:30 Networking

                      An opportunity to network with other participants, explore the H2020 Project stands and leave your comments and suggestions in our pinboard area.

14:30 – 16:00 Targeting and maximising CoP

                      7 participatory consultation sessions on initial CoP setups and support scenarios. Individual sessions are moderated by 7 ACT Seed partners.

16:00 – 16:30 Reports to plenary from the group discussions

16:30 – 17:00 Conclusions and next steps to advance opportunities and impact of collective action

                      Elizabeth Pollitzer, Co-funder & Director of Portia, UK

                      Interactive session with contributions from the audience. 

Download the programme in this link. 

The registration to the 1st ACT Synergy Conference is closed. For more information about the event please write to:

Be part of #ACTonGender!

25 Feb 2019